There's something exciting about Opening Day. Ok, there;s a lot exciting about Opening Day. Meaningful baseball games. Spring. The hope that your team, every team, still has a shot at a miracle season, if only for the next couple weeks.
But there's something else I love about the start to the season. Something, well...weird.
I love the stat lines during the first couple weeks. Once the "2014 stats" give way to a fresh slate of 2015 numbers, the best part of a batter walking to the plate is the flash of his stats across the screen.
I appreciate the game's new metrics. I was on board very early, when a lot of baseball people were grumbling about the fancy numbers. But I'm still a sucker for counting numbers. And nothing beats when that's immortalized on cardboard.
Particularly Pirate cardboard. Even if a Pirate isn't the leader in a category, it's great to see the Bucs recognized as among the best in the game. There's something just really cool about being a league leader.
I don't think we'll ever see any First Week Leader Cards, featuring the likes of David Ross and Alex Rios. But the end of year variety are among my favorites every year.